Inequality is bad for those lower on the income scale. It’s also bad for almost everyone else, as Richard Wilkinson noted during his recent Canadian tour. More research evidence on the costs of health inequality emerged this week in an article in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that reports: “Inequality related losses […]
The stunning new Three Cities research on growing income inequality in Toronto underscores the urgency of the message delivered by UK epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson during his recent Canadian tour: Inequality is bad for everyone. Poor health is a direct result of income inequality, says Wilkinson in an on-line interview that was conducted during his visit […]
This past week Wellesley Institute along with leading partner MASS LBP (thanks Peter MacLeod and staff), Metcalf Foundation (thanks Colette Murphy), and CCPA sponsored what became a cross-Canada lecture tour based on Richard Wilkinson’s bestseller, The Spirit Level, co-authored with Kate Pickett.
Our working lives are an essential contributor to what keeps us healthy and what makes us sick. In this recent release, Work and Health: Exploring The Impact Of Employment On Health Disparities, Sheila Block, the Wellesley Institute’s new Director of Economic Analysis, delves into the linkages between labour market policies, employment conditions, working conditions and health […]
A recent survey by the Canadian Payroll Association shows that 6 out of every 10 Canadians would struggle if they missed just one paycheque, with younger people (aged 18-34) and single parents being most vulnerable to hardship. We have also documented the precarious financial situation of specific populations (e.g., those who are on a low-income who often […]
In 2009, two Hamilton multi-sector collaborations – the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR) and the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative (JPC) undertook an evaluation process. The evaluation surfaced a number of lessons and questions. Drawing from the evaluation report the HRPR and JPC have produced the short working tool. Five key lessons are highlighted here. Evaluating […]
The first draft of Toronto’s 2010 operating budget sets out cuts to affordable housing, homelessness, public health and city planning funding. Spending on the affordable housing office, social development and community partnerships has been flat-lined. Meanwhile, the police budget is set to increase by almost double the rate of inflation. Budget 2010 Initial Observations
The British government wants to make reducing health and other inequalities between richer and poorer people a central consideration in the policy-making process. The first clause of the UK’s proposed new Equality Bill “sets out a new legal duty on key public bodies, including central government and local authorities, to ensure they consider the impact that their […]
This policy brief is one in a series that analyzes the implications of the research findings from the St. James Town Initiative and sets out recommendations and options for action.
TORONTO: Provincial plans to speed up the Ontario Child Benefit and increase affordable housing investments mean that low-income Ontarians will have more money in their pockets and better homes. The announcement by the Ontario government earlier today – in advance of next week’s provincial budget – means that eligible low-income families will get an additional […]